It was HOT and HUMID but the humans at the festival were having a great time. General Grant spent a good deal of time visiting at the Cider House of Wisconsin tent. This was a super challenging plein air because the crowd thickened and moved all over, so I had to combine some figures from photos to finish them later on. The event was Aug. 20th.
Late in August a few of us from the Gettysburg Plein Air Painters Group (Stanley, Rose and me) met at the pond at Strawberry Hill to paint the charming pink cottage. I didn't quite finish before leaving. I do want to get back to this one. It was the first day after the heat broke and we could go out.
This is the pastel I created en plein air during the Gettysburg Fest's Quick Draw competition, which was held 6/12, 2014.
This garden was my view from where I took shelter from the heavy rain, that opened this year's Fest. I, and several others, worked from the porch of the Alumni House at Gettysburg College. The garden was actually dedicated to an college employee named Jean LeGros ... she happened by while I was working and bought it on the spot! It was great to see her excitement. She's just had her home re-painted, and this is the first piece of artwork she hung on her fresh walls. What an honor!
No prize this year for me at the QD! First place went to Larry Lerew and second to Amy Lindenberger, both members of our artists' co-op, The Drawing Room Gallery. Congratulations!
We gathered in the area of the Klingle Farm today, along the Emmitsburg Road, on the Gettysburg National Military Park. I was looking forward to pasteling that funky old white-washed log cabin farmhouse. But the wind was so brutal, I have very little to show for my outing and no image worth posting here. I took shelter in the back of the RAV, and tried to work there, but the setting was a bit cramped and not too conducive to creativity, apparently. Better luck next time! I will get a photo posted, though, of my new plein air set up in a tackle box. The others of the group who braved the windy day were Jim Bricker, Larry Lerew and Cortez Lawrence - hearty souls, each and everyone, for showing up.
This pastel, done on a La Carte Pastel Card surface, is a view of one of my favorite sites on the Gettysburg National Military Park. It's called the Triangular Field and has some interesting lore attached to it, from rumors of being the site of an ancient Indian battle to intense action during the Battle of Gettysburg. (There's more, but no space for it here!)
Today, it's got an off-the-beaten-path brand of solitude and rolling hills and varied landscape that I find inviting - to visit and to paint.
I plan on doing a series of this large area.
OF PASTELS AND PLEIN AIR
This is the lovely two-page spread from the Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, issue Nov.-Dec. 2013, about me as a pastel artist.
The photographer met me on a day that I was working en plein air on the Gettysburg National Military Park; the outdoor scenes are in the vicinity of the Bryan Farm.
I've been doing a lot of plein air this summer, with my good painting buddies. Here is one from this week - a view (not quite done, as you can see) of the lovely property of Dillsburg artist extraordinaire Larry Lerew. The stone ruin is a milk shed or such, where wonderful things happened like cream separating. Larry says that if I'd shown up earlier there would have been a window. How much earlier? Oh, about 32 years. Thus the title.
A Street in Old Town, Nice
This pastel is from a photo my daugher shared with me, taken during her honeymoon, last fall. There is a wealth of inspiration among her trip pics and many of them are exactly the sort of scene I love to play with - like these nifty old buildings that lend themselves to quirly light and treatment. I have many in the owrk
This pastel, entitled "Still Waters," sold last weekend during the holiday market at the Gettysburg Festival's annual Gingerbread House Competition.
Of interest here, is that this pastel (based on a photo I took in Florida) is a second attempt. The first was a huge disappointment. A few years after setting the first one (also a pastel) aside, I developed a method for planning a successful painting. I put it to the test with this composition, and was much happier with the results. Still somewhat rough, but much more in keeping with the atmosphere I'd been trying to convey when I initially decided to make the painting. I'll be offering a workshop on my method this spring; see news.
The competition was held at the Adams County Arts Council's arts education center, Gettysburg, Pa.
I've been working on mini (ACEO-sized) illustrations lately, hopefully for inclusion in a minis show coming up in December at the Brath & Hughes Fine Art Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pa. This show is juried, so it remains to be seen whether this piece, and its companions, will get in. The drawings represent my favorite, sort of fantasy-medieval-type, settings. The elements are inspired by Old World architecture.
I'm Dianne and I live in South Central Pa. I belong to the Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and, recently, the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters group. I work in pastels and watercolor mainly. I enjoy both working en plein air (for more about that, scroll down on the homepage) and in my modest sunroom studio.